Union Peak Spur Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,147' 350 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 7,645' 2,330 m
Low: 6,518' 1,987 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“Ascend to the summit of Union Peak for great views... just not of Crater Lake.”— Brian Smith
After branching off of the PCT, this trail moves through a lodgepole pine forest with very moderate grades. At around the two-mile mark, the trail becomes much steeper as it winds through open and rocky switchbacks to the summit of Union Peak. There are magnificent panoramic views from the top, but be warned, you won't see Crater Lake from here.
Union Peak is the core of an old volcano eroded by glaciers during the last Ice Age. It is the most conspicuous feature in the southwestern portion of the park, its summit being 7,698 feet above sea level and over 1000 feet above the general level of the adjacent area. The upper 800 feet of the peak stands as a rock spire above a ridge-like base which is the drainage divide between Union Creek to the north and Red Blanket Creek to the south, both streams being tributaries of the Rogue River.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Crater Lake National Park